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Short Update: A total of 313 assaults on emergency workers in the first month of lockdown prosecuted in the UK

FT Admin - May 25, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences

On 21 May 2020, the Crown Prosecution Service ("CPS") revealed that it completed 313 prosecutions for assaults on emergency workers in the first month of lockdown.

The assaults were directed at police officers, shop workers, and other emergency workers, and followed a typical pattern of members of the public claiming to be infected with the virus and coughing or spitting at emergency workers.

A total of 424 defendants were charged with a coronavirus-related crime, with 97% pleading guilty.

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